If You Add Wisdom To Your Life, Will God Add Years To Your Life?
In Proverbs 9:10,11, the Bible states: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you." If you add wisdom to your life, will God add years to your life?
One of the principles of Bible interpretations is to determine what genre of literature we are studying. The genre of the book of Proverbs is Wisdom Literature. Proverbs are pithy, short sayings that are designed to be memorable , general truths. The proverbs can and will have exceptions. For example, Proverbs 22:6 states: "Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it." There have been exceptions where some children who were raised in godly Christian homes sadly have strayed away from the faith. Generally speaking, a child that is trained up in a godly home will have a strong, enduring faith. The faith that was instilled in the child serves as an anchor that could eventually bring the child back in their adult life if they stray; whereas, children who were not taught would not have such an anchor (2 Timothy 1:5; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Ephesians 6:16; 1 John 5:4).
If a person applies the proverbs to his/her life, then that person will make wise choices that can generally speaking lead to a longer life. Drinking alcohol, letting anger get out of control, committing sexual intercourse outside of marriage, and many other sins not only have spiritual consequences, but can cause health issues such as STDs, liver failure, and high blood pressure which can "prematurely shorten" one's life. If you live in accordance to the will of God, generally speaking, you will have a longer, healthier life (Ephesians 6:2-3).
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